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Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Paul Stekler to Participate at Texas Book Festival

This weekend features the annual Texas Book Festival, founded by first lady Laura Bush and featuring a wide range of authors, free of charge, in and around the state Capitol on Saturday and Sunday. Details at: http://www.texasbookfestival.org/

Paul Stekler, Professor of Public Affairs, Professor of Radio-Television-Film and filmmaker, will be part of two programs on Saturday.

A Tribute to Molly Ivins
Date: Saturday, November 3, 2007
Time: 11:15 - 12:15
Location: The Sanctuary (1201 Lavaca, enter from Lavaca St.)

We pay tribute here to Molly Ivins, who died earlier this year and was one of the nation's most iconic political commentators and humorists. At this session, we'll hear from Lou Dubose, Ivins' frequent co-author (their new book is titled Bill of Wrongs: The Executive Branch's Assault on America's Fundamental Rights); humorist Roy Blount, Jr.; and noted documentary filmmaker Paul Stekler will screen never-before-seen footage of Ivins that appears in Remembering Molly Ivins, a short film he recently made:  Ivins' friend Ellen Sweets will also speak about Ivins - Sweets recently retired as a food writer with the Denver Post, but met Ivins shortly after moving to Dallas to become a reporter for the Dallas Morning News. Their friendship was built around an interest in progressive politics; French, Mexican, Italian, Greek, African, and Southern food; dinner parties, movies, lots of laughter and, of course, some sadness.  Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau Chief Richard Dunham moderates.  

The Nature of Health: How America Lost, and Can Regain, a Basic Human Value
Date: Saturday, November 3, 2007
Time: 2:00 - 2:45
Location: Texas State Capitol: Capitol Extension Room E2.028 (below ground in the extension, accessible from the Capitol)

Dr. Michael Fine presents his new book about rethinking the idea of "health" that our health care system is built on today -- and about a coherent, affordable way to rebuild it and make care more readily available.  Dr. Fine is Physician & Chief, Department of Family & Community Medicine at Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospitals, and was a George Soros Fellow from 2000 to 2002. Dr. Fine often speaks out about Population-Based Primary Care and testifies frequently before the Rhode Island Legislature on health policy issues.

His chapter on medical services and communities can be read at:

Paul Stekler moderates.